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Welcome to Pīwakawaka, my name is Chelsea Jellie aka Whaea Chelsea, and I am an  ex-student of Turaki, beginning my first year of primary here in 1994. I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Turaki School Journey.


I am an experienced teacher who has worked mainly within a junior school context. My major strength within the curriculum is numeracy but I have also been developing a play-based background which supplements a variety of curriculum areas such as science, technology and literacy. I believe play-based allows opportunities for learning to be more student driven and meaningful to them as learners. My role within learning-through-play sessions is to seek opportunities for development of your child’s social, mental and physical needs by linking their play to either a literacy or numeracy task or offering them specific language to vocalise their play. Learning through play develops qualities within students such as; critical thinking, decision making, negotiating with others, dealing with conflict, resilience, taking risks and oral language development. In Piwakawaka, I am aiming to develop a good balance between explicit teaching of major curriculum areas while also engaging students with learning through play.


I welcome your questions about any of the above or any other questions about your child’s learning, so come along and see me in Room Piwakawaka.




Nga mihi, Whaea Chelsea

New Entrant Teacher